2021 AP Government Skills with John Burkowski #6 | Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
In this episode, we review strategies in developing skills to best apply relevant content related to the development of the American political system based on constitutional principles and the formal and informal relationships between the people, the states, and the federal government.
The Foundations of American Goverment
America's Founders looked to the lessons of human nature and history to determine how best to structure a government that would promote liberty. They started with the principle of consent of the governed: the only legitimate government is one which the people themselves have authorized. But the Founders also guarded against the tendency of those in power to abuse their authority, and structured a government whose power is limited and divided in complex ways to prevent a concentration of power. They counted on citizens to live out virtues like justice, honesty, respect, humility, and responsibility.